ABOUT MAYORKUN

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With his captivating and inspiring songs, Mayorkun has made a name for himself in the vast world of the Nigerian music industry. His story which portrays tenacity, courage, and determination has become a point of reference for rising stars to emulate.

His not feeling on top of the world giving room to laxity, has moved from being a local singer to organizing music tours in cities of the world like London, Atlanta, and many more.

With his return to the country late last year, he released a song, so far gone and with the hope to release many more this year.

Let’s dive into the life and career of this artiste with this article from Naijassador.

Early life

Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel is a Nigerian artist, pianist, singer, and songwriter, popularly known by his stage name, Mayorkun. He was born on the 23rd of March,1994 in Osun state, Nigeria to his lovely parents Sunday Adewale and Toyin Adewale.

He grew up in the cosmopolitan city of Lagos with his parents and siblings. Right from an early age, he has shown great love and passion for music which led him to join his church choir from that tender age. This was made known by the artiste in an interview a few years ago that he learned basic knowledge of music theory in the church choir which helped him in actualizing his goal as a well-known music artist.

Education

Just like every other kid, he started his quest for knowledge at Living-Spring Montessori in Lagos, Nigeria. There he completed his primary and Secondary education.

However, he obtained his secondary school leaving certificate from Hi-Grade College, Lagos. According to Mayorkun, in a video interview on Dadashow’s YouTube channel, he didn’t figure out why he was going to school until SS1. He said there’s a point in everyone’s life when we become conscious of who we are and what we are doing.

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He moved to the prestigious University of Lagos, popularly known as UNILAG for his tertiary education, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Luckily for him he got a job in one of the top banks in Nigeria— First Bank of Nigeria in which he had to resign and delve fully into music.

Career

Mayorkun came into the spotlight when he uploaded a cover of the popular ‘The Money’ by OBO on the internet. This caught the attention of the and resulted in a call from OBO and the rest they say is history. David signed him to his record label, Davido Music Worldwide, DMW, where he released his first song in 2016 ‘Eleko’.

The song reportedly hit over a million views in its first 10 days of release. Still in DMW, Mayorkun produced his first debut studio album—The mayor of Lagos in November 2018 with 14 track songs

In 2021, the artiste said his goodbye to DMW as he became the latest addition to Sony Music, West Africa Division. He released his second album, Back in Office through Sony Music. Last year he  released five new songs

Tour

Towards the end of 2017, Mayorkun organized a Nationwide tour which continued till early 2018. During the tour, he visited over 30 schools in Nigeria. Also in 2018, he did a tour in the UK with his colleagues in DMW record label, Dremo.

Nowadays, he holds tours in various countries in which tickets will be released for purchase and a date is fixed for the performance.

Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship

Apart from his music endeavors, Mayorkun has chosen to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Davido, by giving out resources to people in need and donating to the needy and different sectors such as Education and healthcare. Furthermore, he is also an entrepreneur venturing into other businesses aside from music.

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Songs produced by the Music Artist

The songwriter can boast of producing a lot of hit songs with few listed below:

  • So far Gone
  • Of Lagos
  • For Daddy
  • Low-key!
  • Reminisce
  • Iyanya
  • My energy
  • Lose control
  • Thermo
  • Your Body
  • Soldier boy
  • Freedom
  • Feel am
  • Oshey
  • Alarm
  • Oluwa
  • Geng etc

The list goes on and on

Awards and Recognition

This list reveals the honor given to Mayorkun by the industry in recognition of his outstanding feats and contributions. Beneath his awards is a testament to hard work, talent, dedication, commitment, and profound Influence in the Nigerian music landscape. They include:

  • 2016— Rookie of the Year award at the Headies (Winner)
  • 2016— Most promising act at the City People Entertainment Awards (Winner)
  • 2016— Choice new song of the year at the Nigerian Teen choice awards (Winner)
  • 2017— Best New Act award at the City People (Winner)
  • 2018— Next Rater at the Headies Award (Winner)
  • 2018— Artist of the Year award at the City People Entertainment Awards (Winner)
  • 2019— Hip Hop World Revelation Award at the Headies (Winner)
  • 2019— Best R&B/Pop Album for the year at the Headies (Winner)

Endorsement and Brand deals

In 2020, Mayorkun in a social media post announced he’s starting the new decade as an ambassador for Lager beer Budweiser Nigeria. it was said he would be joining Teni, Ycee, and DJ Ecool as an ambassador for the brand. In the same year, he became an ambassador for one of the banks he worked for, Stanbic IBTC.

Fast-forward to 2021, Mayorkun in an Instagram video said he was happy to be chosen to be an ambassador for his dream brand, Moet Hennessy. Oppo Mobile invited the Mayor of Lagos to write a song for the Reno5 series back in 2021.

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Personal Life

Mayorkun was born into a family of entertainers with a foot deep-rooted in the Nigerian entertainment industry. He is the first child out of three born into the family of Sunday Adewale, Mayor’s father, and Toyin Adewale, Mayor’s mother.

Sunday Adewale is known for mastering the act of producing top-notch movies and songs, his mother is a seasoned actress in the Yoruba sector of Nollywood.

A visit to his 200 million mansion will leave one with the zeal to work hard and be successful. To start with his fleets of cars, Benz CLA250 AMG, Range Rover SUV

To talk of his relationship life, little details have been made available to the public eye. The only legit record is his marriage with Arifath Akifewa in 2015, with no records of kids so far.

Conclusion

With his coming back into the country from his foreign trip, we hope to see more dazzling performances this year. Mayorkun’s ever-progressing journey from his humble beginning to the limelight points out that with resilience and unwavering dedication, one is sure to emerge at the right time.

Having promised his fans to keep giving the best he has got to offer in producing good songs, more outstanding performances, and contributing to the growth of Africa, one thing is certain: Mayorkun’s story of tenacity and ocean of determination will continue to resonate for generations to come.

Things you should know about, Mayorkun, a Nigerian music artist.

Please tell our readers what else they should know in the comment section.

By Adeniyi Imisioluwa

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